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Friday, May 9, 2003
On April 15 and 16, the One-Act Play Festival was
held in the Little Theatre beside the G.R. Little Library.
Four students wrote one-act plays that were performed.
The One-Act Play Festival is an annual eyent that gives
students an opportunity to write a short play. In the pro
cess, the student gains directorial experience as the stu
dent must hold auditions to search for a cast, find a stage
manager, assistant director, make-up and costume de
signer, and other technical staff.
The student directors were Antonio Barrow, Mario
Photo by Rich Harvey
Jackson, Krystle Lee, and Nykki Houston.
Antonio Barrow, a graduating senior, wrote and di
rected the play “The Lost Girl’s Lament.”
Mario Jackson, senior, directed a play that was writ
ten by Nykki Houston, also a senior, called “Who Is It?”
Krystle Lee wrote and directed a play called “Warn
ing Too Late”.
Nykki Houston wrote and directed a play called
“Jurni of Echoes”.
Overall, the one-acts were successful. Many stu
dents, professors, and people from the community par
ticipated in the festival.
VIKING FEST 2003: WHAT HAPPENED?
In the past, Viking Fast has been
crowded with vendors, people of all
ages, and the occasional celebrity A
time when students forgot about class
work for a whole week, enjoyed
activities, and relaxed under the warm
springtime weather in North Carolina.
The weekends hosted the most
anticipated events. ECSU alumni,
Tenasha Jenkins, remembers the times
when students gathered together on
campus having fun and partaking in
every event of the week, especially
Saturday afternoons. There were times
when the campus seemed like a North
Carolina version of Black College
Weekend at Kings Dominion.
Well those days are over or are
they? Director of Student Activities, Dr.
Jean Holt, says those days can take
place on the ECSU campus again and
they will, but only if students come
together to help take part in the events
held on campus. “We need students to
get involved, to plan and promote Viking
Fest week,” Dr. Holt said. Students
would have been more pleased with the
outcome of Viking Fest if more had been
involved with the planning of the event
Many events took place
throughout the week but not many
students came out and participated.
Monday was the beginning of the long
week of events, with a sparsely attended
pep rally taking place at the Quads.
Since Williams Hall has been under
construction for the past couple of
months, most of the activities that were
suppose to take place in that facility took
place in other areas, including the pep
rally. This year the scene was an eye
sore with the renovation of Williams Hall
Tuesday, the ladies of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, sponsored a free
pool party in the Vaughn Center. No one
was aloud to enter the party unless he
or she came in a bathing suit or
swimming trunks. That wouldn’t have
been a problem for some of the students
if the temperature was warm enough for
them to go swimming. Tuesday night’s
temperature was recorded to be in the
low to mid 40s. That was a little chilly for
After the pool party, the Bedell
Cafeteria was jammed with students
wanting to grab the free breakfast that
the Student Government Association
sponsored from 10 pm until midnight.
The midnight breakfast is a familiar
tradition on the ECSU campus, which
takes place during both Homecoming
and Viking fest. The main problem with
the midnight breakfast is the extremely
long lines in the cafeteria.
Wednesday evening was filled
with activities on the ECSU campus. The
Mitchell Lewis cookout and a free-style
session took place on the basketball
court as well as the Baltimore Consort
playing their rendition of Scottish music
in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Later,
Wednesday night the brothers of Kappa
Alpha Psi, Fraternity sponsored a free
midnight bowling party in the commuter
center. The bowling party was
overcrowded and many students
complained about not being able to hit
the eight ball on the pool table correctly
because of the girl behind them dancing
to music the DJ was playing.
Thirsty Thursday made its way
back on the campus of ECSU taking
place outside the University Center.
Students were able to share their poetry
and rhyming talents to an audience of
about 60 to 100 people.
Friday Night, the Vike Nu’
Fashion Troupe took the campus by
storm with a show that left those who
missed it wanting to buy tapes from the
Mass Media Club. A lot of people came
out to the show, but there were just as
many who missed the event.
Saturday was the most
anticipated day, which usually consists
of cookouts, block parties, live remotes,
and students withdrawing from the
activities that took place the day before.
This year students took a different
approach; they slept. University
Webmaster, Damond Nollan says “it’s
the motivation of the students that makes
the campus what it is. Students make
the best activities on campus.”
Motivation is what one student had to
bring more activities on campus, but
motivation wasn’t enough to stop Mother
Tanyetta Pittman, former Miss
ECSU, spent weeks before Viking Fest
planning activities for the event.
Saturday afternoon, Tanyetta sponsored
the first annual “Yard Fest,” but because
of the rain that afternoon, the event was
cancelled. “I have to reschedule it
because of the rain,” Tanyetta said.
Although Tanyetta is graduating May
10'^ she is looking fonward to helping out
in the future with other events on
campus, especially Alumni Affairs.
Saturday evening came quick
and it was time for the Fraternities and
Sororities on campus to show their stuff
at the ECSU Pan Hellenic Step Show. A
lot of individuals from Northeastern North
Carolina and Southeastern Virginia
traditionally come out to see the show.
Tickets are usually sold out and the lines
outside the Vaughn Center usually
resemble a Michael Jackson or Jay Z
“The Step Show was really nice,
last year it was packed,” said Melba
Valentine. “It was hard to find a seat
last year, but this year I had a good seat
and I came at eight o’ clock.” Step Show
this year resembled the Mr. Cheeks
concert last Viking Fest, not many
“What makes Viking Fest
successful is when people come back,”
Damond Nollan said. “It’s about
socializing and alumni coming back on
campus and the question is ‘whose
“The school is raising prices on
sporting events and step show’s and
nothing is happening in return,” said
ECSU alumni, Tenasha Jenkins. Many
are asking what is happening to their
money and is their money being spent
in the right place. Some students feel
that their money is being spent on
activities that they don’t care to
“SACS sends out survey’s to
students and we review the surveys to
see what students like and when we
have them students don’t show up,” said
Although Viking Fest wasn’t the
best, many students did enjoy a week
of fun-filled activities. “Viking Fest was
pretty good this year. I know that a lot
of activities were put together last
minute, but it was brought together
nicely,” said Jamica Ashley Dr. Holt was
glad to see students come together to
help and wants to see the same
students come together to help plan
and promote for Homecoming. “Its
one thing to sit around and complain,
but it’s another to complain and take
action,” Dr. Holt said.
ANTONIO BARROW: A STUDENT WITH HIGHER PLANS
DeTra L. Stith
If you take a look in Johnson
Hall’s Writing Lab, most of the time
you will find someone sitting at the
computer closest to the printer. This
someone is Antonio Barrow, the
Compass editor for 2002-2003’s
Antonio is a senior from Swan
Quarter, NO, who will be graduating
with a Bachelor of Arts in English, on
May 10, with a 3.6 grade point aver
“I’m ready to graduate, but the
only thing I’m unsure of is my plans
after graduation,” comments Barrow.
After graduation, Barrow may go
to graduate school at East Carolina
University where he will focus his
studies on English Education, if he
doesn’t work first, because he’s al
ready taken the Graduate Record
Exam, which is an exam that tests you
on what you’ve learned in under
graduate school. Once he gets his li
cense in teaching, he wants to teach
middle school and high school litera
ture and grammar. He is also inter
ested in another field of study and that
is culinary arts, and he plans to at
tend Johnson and Wales Culinary Arts
School or acquire this license through
the Professional Career Development
Institute. The Professional Career De
velopment Institute is a program that
enables a person to receive the train
ing they need in a field of their choice
Barrow could have graduated in
December but he decided to stay an
“I didn’t want to see the paper
stopped after one semester,” com
Barrow stayed to make sure the
paper went on, and he wanted make
sure someone was ready to take over
for the next year.
“Overall, it was a good experi
ence being the editor. I enjoyed in
corporating my ideas, but I wish I
could have done more, but we had a
low staff,” comments Barrow.
Some of the staff graduated in
December and were never replaced,
so a few ideas that Antonio wanted
to implement, never went through.
Barrow also received two awards
from the Language, Literature and
Communication Department, at the
Honors Convocation on April 17. He
received the E.M. Spellman Award
and the Highest G.RA. Award of a
Graduating Senior. The E.M.
Spellman Award is given to a gradu
ating senior who has done exemplary
work in English related academics
and extra-curricular activities.
The next people in line to be
editors of The Compass are Susan
Correll-Hankinson, Kymber Lee Tay
lor, and DeTra Stith.
‘The people who will take over
next year are determined and dedi
cated. If they continue to be deter
mined and dedicated then The Com
pass will be successful,” comments
Barrow acknowledges teachers
and friends of his who supported him
in working with the paper.